Team Cal Maritime Photo by Bronny Daniels, Joysailing
By Airwaves Writer Taylor Penwell
The Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup took place last weekend in San Pedro, California. Cal Maritime finished atop the podium with a three-point lead over University of South Florida and the College of Charleston. Second place went to University of South Florida in a tiebreak. The regatta is one of the best collegiate big boat regattas of the year, hosted by the Port of Los Angeles Yacht Club.
This past weekend marks the fifth win for Cal Maritime in the regattas ten-year history. Tough conditions prevailed for this years Harbor Cup with racing being held on only two of the scheduled three days due to fog. Wind conditions ranged between light to moderate all weekend.
The regatta was founded in 2008 to encourage young sailors to enjoy the benefits of competitive offshore big boat sailing. The invitational regatta hosts ten of the top sailing teams from across the US and for the first time this year, from Europe. Team Ireland competed in the event as the first international team, finishing seventh overall.
The LA Harbor Cup stands out as the one of the premier collegiate regattas because of the use of identical Catalina 37 sailboats supplied by the Long Beach Sailing Foundation. The identical boats give equal opportunities for sailors and teams to compete against each other without having to factor in PHRF ratings. The regatta is organized and run the Los Angeles Yacht Club that provide the accommodations, meals, hosting and events for the visiting teams.
Congratulations to first place finishers Cal Maritime, second place University of South Florida and third place College of Charleston.